Chelsea winger Christian Pulisic eyeing loan move awayby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea winger Christian Pulisic is eyeing a loan move away in January.The Daily Mailsays he is said to be considering asking for a loan move away from Chelsea if he is not given more opportunities soon.Pulisic has found himself falling down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge just three months after completing his £58million move from Borussia Dortmund.The 21-year-old has been an unused sub in the last three Premier League matches – and hasn’t been seen in top flight action since August.Now the American is open to the prospect of moving elsewhere in January if Frank Lampard continues to overlook him in his Chelsea plans. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, makes his contribution to the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on May 7. At left is Attorney General, Marlene Malahoo Forte.
The Canadian PressA northern Manitoba First Nation is calling for a provincial inquiry into racism, discrimination, and violence linked to hydroelectric development on its territory.York Factory First Nation Chief Leroy Constant says people have suffered because of the Manitoba Hydro projects.He says women, in particular, have experienced ongoing trauma.A report released last month by the province’s Clean Environment Commission outlined discrimination and sexual abuse at the Crown utility’s work sites in the 1960s and 1970s.The report says there was also racial tension, environmental degradation and an end to the traditional way of life for some Indigenous people.Sustainable Development Minister Rochelle Squires has called the allegations in the commission’s report disturbing and said she is referring the issue to the RCMP.Constant says members of his >First Nation have struggled to have their voices heard and issues with hydro development continue to this email@example.com@aptnnews
VANCOUVER – Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson says the city has filed a federal court claim against the owner of a vessel that spilled fuel into English Bay in 2015, as part of the city’s continuing effort to get compensation for its response efforts.Robertson says three years after the MV Marathassa spilled 2,700 litres of bunker fuel into the bay, the city still hasn’t been compensated for about $550,000 it spent on response efforts.Robertson says Vancouver has sought repayment through the federal government’s Ship-source Oil Pollution Fund, but has only been promised compensation for 27 per cent of its costs — something Robertson called “totally unacceptable.“It’s ridiculous that it’s taken over three years now fighting for our costs to be covered by an oil spill in our harbour,” Robertson told reporters gathered at Sunset Beach in Vancouver on Sunday.The city’s claim against the ship owners — filed last month but announced on Sunday — calls for damages, interest and court costs related to the spill.Robertson said the city’s difficulty in getting paid back for what he described as a “relatively small oil spill” shows there aren’t enough measures in place to protect coastal communities against more major spills.He said the costs and impacts of a potential diluted bitumen spill from the increased tanker traffic that would come with the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion has not been meaningfully addressed by the federal government.Robertson said the Ship-source Oil Pollution Fund was set up by the federal government to act in the interest of communities like Vancouver, but is failing to do so.“It clearly does not do that, does not deliver the results. This speaks to the greater concern we have with Kinder Morgan and oil tankers,” he said.Transport Canada, which oversees spill response, could not immediately be reached for comment.The claim’s statements have not been proven in court.
Saturday248.45136.402,825 There are eight cities hosting March Madness games this weekend, but none with ticket sales hotter than Louisville, Ky.; Omaha, Neb.; and Seattle. That’s what happens when NCAA tournament games are basically home games.The demand for tickets there shows how valuable ostensible home games are to ticket sellers, if not to fairness lovers. Kentucky, Kansas and Gonzaga — the first or second highest-ranked teams facing off in the hot-ticket cities — all play their home games less than 300 miles from their tournament host cities. Omaha gets a double dip of local teams, with No. 7 Wichita State playing there as well.To get the list, I used data provided by two online ticket marketplaces, ScoreBig and SeatGeek. Connor Gregoire, a SeatGeek spokesman, sent data based on sales made via the site’s ticket search engine. Alison Burnham, vice president of pricing and analytics for ScoreBig, sent data for tickets available on her site and elsewhere on the secondary market.I compared average prices for top-tier seats, and, separately, for the cheap seats. Also, some sessions are more attractive than others — people would rather go to a weekend session than one during the week, probably both because of the convenience and because weekend sessions tend to feature tighter games. In addition, weeknights beat weekdays, and Fridays beat Thursdays, perhaps because it’s easier to travel without taking two days off work. Since 2011, Friday afternoon sessions have averaged 19 percent higher prices for the best seats, 30 percent higher prices for the cheaper seats and 26 percent more sales on SeatGeek. Check out FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness predictions. Thursday afternoon$131.95$67.802,175 Friday afternoon156.7588.052,740 Thursday evening163.0087.552,235 SESSIONLOWER SEATSUPPER SEATSTICKETS SOLD Sunday233.70130.752,760 So I compared apples to apples: How did Thursday afternoon sessions, for instance, compare to average prices for that session this year?After controlling for variables unrelated to which teams were playing, Louisville was clearly the hottest ticket among the four cities holding Thursday/Saturday sessions. Omaha and Seattle were the Friday/Sunday winners.1Venues sell four types of tickets: For each of the two round-of-64 sessions, for the single round-of-32 session, and for all three sessions combined. In each host city, I looked at ticket demand for each of the four ticket types in three ways: prices of more-expensive seats, prices of cheap seats and volume of ticket sales. That’s 12 points of comparison in all. Louisville and Omaha were above average in 11 of the 12 categories for their sessions. Seattle was above average in every ticket-price category, though below average in three of the four ticket-sale-volume categories. The ScoreBig data, used as a reality check, was similar, with Pittsburgh also making a strong showing.From a last-minute ticket-buyer’s perspective, the main question might be, how much is the least I can pay to get in? To answer that question, SeatGeek sent along daily figures for the ticket at the fifth percentile of listing prices for each session. Even these seats, some of the cheapest available, have stayed expensive for the round-of-64 sessions that feature quasi-home teams in Louisville, Omaha and Seattle. But for other sessions, prices have fallen. For instance, on Wednesday, tickets to the Thursday afternoon session in Louisville — the one that featured four teams not named Kentucky — could be had for just $14. Friday evening186.25107.952,375
OSU freshman defensive specialist Camry Halm (14) dives for a ball during a game against Northwestern University on Sept. 28 at St. John Arena in Columbus, Ohio. OSU won 3-0. Credit: Ross Tamburro | Lantern PhotographerIt’s been 297 days since the Ohio State women’s volleyball team last saw the floor at St. John Arena. Tonight marked the first home game for the Buckeyes and another win, improving to 11-4 on the season. No. 19 OSU swept Big Ten foe Northwestern in three sets during the Buckeyes’ home opener at St. John Arena, on Wednesday. A different combination of Buckeye players worked together in the match due to sophomore outside hitter Audra Appold sitting out with an illness. The change in lineup, however, wasn’t enough to derail OSU. A kill by senior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe scored the first point of the first set, and from there, the momentum continued for the OSU squad. The Buckeyes jumped out to an early lead and were able to battle off several Northwestern rallies. Junior outside hitter Luisa Schirmer finished the final ball to win the set, 25-21. OSU kept the points coming in the second set, leading by double digits for the latter half. The Buckeyes dominated play, holding the Wildcats to only twelve points. Northwestern may have been down 0-2 in the match, but it showed in the third set, they weren’t giving up easily. The Wildcats led OSU from the beginning, as the Buckeyes would try to inch their way out of the hole for almost the entire set. With the Wildcats leading 20-16, it looked like match play might be pushed into a fourth set. OSU coach Geoff Carlston took the opportunity for a timeout to refocus his team. Immediately after, Schirmer put down a kill, followed by two more OSU points to cut the deficit to one. From there, it would be a point-for-point battle to the finish. When the dust cleared, it was OSU who would celebrate with a 28-26 set and match win. The Buckeyes held the Wildcats to an .085 attacking efficiency. OSU also dominated Northwestern’s blocking game, more than doubling their total team blocks, 7.5 to 3.0. It was freshman Madison Smeathers who would lead the team in hitting percentage with .500. Sandbothe and Schirmer also contributed 13 kills each. The countdown is on for senior libero Valeria León, who racked up another 22 digs against the Wildcats. With 1,497 total career digs, she is within fingertip-length of the record, currently held by Stacey Gordon with 1,572. Carlston said he was proud of the way his team responded to the pressure from Northwestern, especially in the final points of the match. “Northwestern did some things to stress us out,” he said. “I thought we did a nice job, especially in that third set, to lock in and play really well like what we needed to, to win in three.”Some Buckeye players expressed their happiness to finally be able to play in the gym they call home, even if it’s only for a moment. For Sandbothe, the match was her last “first” home game. “It was definitely bittersweet,” Sandbothe said. “The fans came out and seeing all the little girls and just having this opportunity to be on our home court, representing Ohio State is an amazing opportunity.” On the other end of the spectrum, tonight was freshman outside hitter Brooke Bailey’s first time playing in front of a home crowd as a Buckeye. “We’ve been away a lot in preseason and our first Big 10 games were away, so it was really exciting to be home,” Bailey said. The team will need the momentum from tonight’s win into their battle later in the week against defending national champions, No. 1, undefeated, Nebraska. The team mentioned what they will be thinking about over the next few days in preparation for the match. For veteran Sandbothe, the devil is in the details.“Just weighing the serve and pass game is going to be really important for us,” Sandbothe said. “I think we match up offensively and physically with every team, so just focusing on the little things.” Bailey said for the team, it’s about staying high and positive from tonight’s much-needed victory.“We’re just going to try to bring our energy from tonight into the weekend, and just keep going after it and staying aggressive,” she said. OSU will face the Cornhuskers on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Ohio State redshirt senior defensive end Tyquan Lewis chases Michigan quarterback John O’Korn during the first half of the teams’ game on Nov. 25. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorANN ARBOR, Mich. — All hope for No. 9 Ohio State seemed lost. Down six points to Michigan with 6:07 remaining in the third quarter, quarterback J.T. Barrett fell to the ground, injured, and limped off under his own power. He walked to the locker room, taking with him up the tunnel, it seemed, the Buckeyes’ hopes of extending their five-game win streak against their archrival.Enter redshirt freshman Dwayne Haskins, the quarterback some fans wanted Barrett benched for earlier in the season. He took Ohio State’s offense down the field, scrambled for 22 yards, then running back J.K. Dobbins capped the drive off with a 1-yard touchdown run to give the Buckeyes a 21-20 advantage, their first lead of the game.Following a Sean Nuernberger missed field goal that would’ve extended the Ohio State lead to 27-20, quarterback John O’Korn missed his intended receiver and safety Jordan Fuller intercepted the pass. A 35-yard Dobbins run and 25-yard Mike Weber touchdown with 1:44 remaining sealed a 31-20 victory against the Wolverines Saturday afternoon.For the first time all game, a tense head coach Urban Meyer was able to take his hands off his knees and relax, for his team extended its win streak against Michigan to six games and kept his record against Michigan and head coach Jim Harbaugh unblemished.Haskins went 6-for-7 for 94 yards. He also took three rushes for 24 yards. The Buckeyes were 8-for-16 converting third downs, and Haskins moved the chains on 5-of-7 third downs.Before exiting the game, Barrett completed 3-of-8 passes for 30 yards. He hit tight end Marcus Baugh for a 25-yard touchdown to tie the game at 14 in the second quarter. Barrett also rushed 15 times for 67 yards, including a 21-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Dobbins led the game with 15 rushing yards on 101 carries and Weber had 12 rushes for 57 yards.Ohio State’s hot-and-cold offense picked up 123 yards combined on its fourth and fifth drives. But in its seven other drives with Barrett quarterbacking the offense, the Buckeyes combined for minus-3 yards.Ohio State quarterback helped off the field in the third quarter of the Buckeyes’ game against Michigan Saturday. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State’s offensive inconsistency began early in the game, and it was combined with a defense that allowed two early touchdowns.In the first quarter, the Buckeyes’ hopes of beating Michigan seemed fleeting. The futile offense accumulated minus-6 yards, the least in Meyer’s tenure at Ohio State. The Wolverines piled on 105 yards and a touchdown, before extending the lead to 14-0 on the first play of the second quarter.But the game started to turn when Barrett drove the Buckeyes 75 yards in 11 plays and capped off the march with a 21-yard touchdown scramble on 3rd-and-9. Ohio State forced Michigan to punt, then took just three plays to score a game-tying touchdown when Barrett found tight end Marcus Baugh for a 25-yard pass. The Buckeyes did not have a single drive for more than nine yards with Barrett behind center after their touchdowns, though.Michigan quarterback John O’Korn struggled to hit open receivers, but used play-action passes to confuse Ohio State’s defense at times and went 17-for-32 for 195 yards. He hit tight end Sean McKeon for a 3-yard touchdown pass, his only score of the game.The Wolverines’ offensive success was fueled on the ground, though. Running back Chris Evans led Michigan with 11 carries for 67 yards, including a 24-yard run on his team’s first scoring drive. Running back Karan Higdon added 11 rushes for 55 yards, including a two-yard touchdown in the third quarter. Ohio State cornerback Denzel Ward blocked the extra point attempt, preventing Michigan from taking a seven-point lead with 7:07 remaining in the third quarter. He also had eight tackles and led the game with two pass breakups.Fullback Khalid Hill added 11 yards on five carries and he ran up the middle for a 2-yard touchdown to open up the game’s scoring with 6:02 remaining in the first quarter.Ohio State will head to Indianapolis to take on Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship game at 8:17 p.m. Saturday.
Liverpool and Real Madrid target Nabil Fekir is likely to stay at Lyon, says Aulas.Having seen his move to English side Liverpool at the start of the transfer window breakdown, Lyon president Jean Michel Aulas is confident the player will stay at the club this season.Aulas has maintained his belief that he expects his star player to play an integral part in the club’s Ligue 1 and Champions League campaign this season.Fekir was one of the standout players for Olympique Lyonnais last season drawing a lot of attention from Europe’s premier sides. His performances at club level led to him being included in France’s 23 man squad to Russia for the World Cup.The French wide-playmaker was expected to complete a £60million move to Liverpool before the start of the World Cup but the move fell through as the Merseyside club cited knee issues during his medical.Fekir says Liverpool lied about his injury Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 According to Nabil Fekir Liverpool lied about his knee injury and that’s why the proposed move to the Reds fell apart.Whilst Liverpool aren’t the only club interested in his services, Aulas now intends to keep his star player at the club.“I think Nabil will be at OL next season,” he explained to RMC Sport on Saturday.“I have a very good relationship with all my players, so I gave him the chance to join his dream club Liverpool.”“We gave Tolisso and Umtiti the same opportunities as well, Nabil is our captain and the coach’s prerogative is that we keep him at the club for next season.”
Bayern Munich’s Thiago Alcantara wants to leave the club and is keen on a move to Real Madrid this summer, according to Don Balon.The Spain international wants to return to Spain to continue his club career and has set his sights on a move to the Santiago Bernabeu.The midfielder has been linked a move away from the Allianz Arena all summer long with Manchester City and Real Madrid reportedly interested in his services.However, with the close of the transfer window in England, any chance of the Premier League champions signing him this summer have disappeared leaving European champions, Madrid as the sole destination should he leave Munich this summer.Thiago reveals that Bayern Munich still use Pep Guardiola’s philosophies Andrew Smyth – April 24, 2019 Thiago Alcantara admits Pep Guardiola’s coaching philosophies are still used at Bayern Munich, despite the Catalan leaving nearly three years ago.He has a good relationship with Julen Lopetegui, who he worked wine during their time together in the Spanish national team and the former Spain head coach wants to sign another midfielder, but President Florentino Perez is hesitant to meet Bayern’s asking price.Thiago moved to Bayern five years ago when former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola who gave his debut at the Camp Nou, decided to sign him for the Bavarians.His potential move to Barcelona rivals Real Madrid wouldn’t go well with the hardcore fans of the Catalan club as the player is a graduate of the famous La Masia academy.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Delano Williams judges Conch Fest; Kalooki’s, Mr. Grouper & Pavillion big winners Related Items:Bay Bistro, Bugaloo’s Conch Crawl, Chef Evans, conch cuisine, Conch Shack, conch-e-tition, Crackpot Kitchen, Danny Buoys, dudley stokes, erica hammond, Fresh Catch, Johnwoo Richardson, Kalooki’s, mr. grouper, Octavio Neto, Opus, Pelican Bay, Ricardo Daley-Diaz, Seaside Café, Seven, Somerset Pavillion TCI Community College-Provo, Toni Anne Thomas Hurricane Irma causes major damage and destruction in TCI Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 28 Nov 2014 – At this year’s CONCH-E-TITION, will have a thrilling panel judges…the former WWE Diva Erika Hammond from the USA, the founder of the Jamaican Bobsled team Dudley “Tal” Stokes, Providenciales, Roberta Novas Yoshida, Vice President of Grupo Radar, Brazil; Alain Peter Arthur, Executive Producer of Caribbean Vibrations TV-Canada; Yvonne Rankine-Drum, Customer Service Manager, InterCaribbean Airways, Providenciales andRalph Patrick, Accountant, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Providenciales. There will also be some other overseas invited guests….Octavio Neto, a Publicist and Journalist of Grupo Radar, Brazil; Toni Anne Thomas, Television and Filming Expert from Canada, Ricardo Daley-Diaz, Director of Photography for Caribbean Vibrations TV-Canada and Johnwoo Richardson, Caribbean Vibrations TV-Canada.The Conch cuisine competitors includes last year’s champion, Hemmingways, Hole In The Wall, new restaurant on the block…Kalooki’s, Fresh Catch, Conch Shack, Pelican Bay, Opus, Crackpot Kitchen, Chef Evans, Mr. Grouper, Bay Bistro, Seven, Seaside Café, Bugaloo’s Conch Crawl, Somerset Pavillion TCI Community College-Provo, Danny Buoys and Grandma’s Boy Kitchen & Catering. The home kitchen is Lil’ Chefs.A ticket costing of $25 entitles attendees to a tasting of every conch dish in the competition. A Grand Champion will be decided by popular vote of all attendees who return a completed ballot. There will also be prizes for winning chefs in each of three categories: Conch Salad, Conch Chowder, and Specialty Conch. Rain continues, flooding stops business as usual
Benchmark stock market indices snapped their winning streak to end trading with minor losses on Monday ahead of Economic Survey 2017 to be tabled on Tuesday. The BSE Sensex closed 33 points lower at 27,850, while the 50-scrip NSE Nifty ended 9 points down at 8,633.Read: Budget to chart stock market’s direction in action-packed week aheadBharti Airtel bucked the trend and was the top Sensex gainer to close 7.48 percent higher at 348 amid news of Idea Cellular merging with Vodafone India. Idea Cellular shares gained 27 percent to close at a five-month high of Rs 97 amid huge trading volumes.Global cues were largely negative in view of US president Donald Trump’s stance on immigration, according to Motilal Oswal Securities Ltd.”European stocks fell on Monday, losing ground for the second session a row, as investors showed concern about the impact of Donald Trump’s order to halt some immigration, which sent the U.S. dollar lower and was criticised by companies including Alphabet Inc.’s Google. FTSE, DAX and CAC declined nearly one percent each,” the brokerage said in a note.Other firms that gained sharply on the back of strong December quarter (Q3) results included Bajaj Finance (up 5.99 percent at Rs 1,054) and Bharat Electronics Ltd. (BEL) that closed 2.97 percent higher at Rs 1,586. Bajaj Finance Q3 net profit rose 36 percent to Rs 555 crore from Rs 408 crore in the corresponding quarter last fiscal; total income increased 31.8 percent to Rs 2,729 crore from Rs 2,070 crore. Net interest income grew 33 percent to Rs 1,749 crore, YoY.Mortgage lender HDFC reported 11.9 percent rise in standalone net profit to Rs 1,701 crore for Q3 as against Rs 1,520 crore in the year-ago period. Net interest income increased 18 percent to Rs 2,669 crore, while gross NPAs stood at 0.81 percent of total advances. HDFC shares closed 0.13 percent lower at Rs 1,369.In other news, Shriram EPC informed the BSE that it has allotted 26.5 million equity shares to Punjab National Bank on preferential basis, taking the bank’s stake from 3.48 percent to 6.58 percent. Shriram EPC shares closed at Rs 29 on Monday.Foreign institutional investors (FIIs/FPIs) were net buyers of Indian equities worth Rs 607 crore on Monday, according to provisional data released by the National Stock Exchange (NSE).The BSE, which closed its recent initial public offering (IPO) with an upbeat response that saw oversubscription of about 51 times, will list on February 3 on the NSE. The BSE, also the oldest stock exchange of Asia, had offered equity shares in the price band of Rs 805-806 per share.Shares of state-run energy company GAIL (India) closed 0.30 percent at Rs 483.
Gas supply across a vast area of Dhamrai of Dhaka and Manikganj will remain off for 10 hours today due to tie-in installation between existing gas pipelines and newly installed pipelines crossing Kaliganga river, reports news agency UNB.According to a press release of the Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Ltd, which is responsible for gas supply in greater Dhaka, the gas supply will be suspended from Bathuli of Dhamrai to Tepra DRS area of Manikganj, district town, Shibalaya, Aricha and adjacent areas of the district from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm.The supply will disrupt all kinds of consumers including household, commercial, industrial and CNG refueling stations in these areas.
Share By REUTERS/Joshua RobertsU.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos testifies to the House Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Subcommittee on the FY2019 budget request for the Department Education on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on March 20, 2018.Texas got final approval Monday from the U.S. Department of Education for its school improvement and accountability plan, including a portion of its new system for grading schools.Texas is in the process of finalizing its plan for evaluating public schools, as the federal government transitions to a new set of policies governing how schools should use federal funding to educate students. In 2015, the federal government signed the Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA, which is intended to give states more freedom on setting goals for school districts, turning around low-performing schools and administering standardized tests. ESSA replaces the controversial No Child Left Behind Act, which had stricter regulations on how states were expected to hold schools accountable for educating students.Each state was required to submit a plan last year, including a rundown on how it would rate and evaluate its schools, intended to take effect this school year.Texas submitted a plan that includes parts of its newly updated accountability system for rating and evaluating schools and districts on a scale from A to F. The state Legislature made final revisions to the accountability system last spring, replacing a pass/fail system; school districts will receive their first grades this August.Schools and districts will be graded in three categories: student achievement, student progress and closing the gaps.“Texas’ plan met the requirements of the law, therefore I have approved it,” U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos said in a statement Monday. “I look forward to seeing how Texas embraces the flexibility afforded by ESSA to innovate on behalf of the Lone Star State’s students.”In the spring, Texas will open up public comment on the A-F system, beginning the process of creating a manual for how schools and districts will be graded. State education officials say it’s not too late for parents and educators to suggest changes to the accountability system despite the fact that it has received federal approval.“Should the agency receive additional feedback during the A-F accountability public comment period that leads to decisions different from what has been approved in our ESSA plan, Commissioner [Mike] Morath will submit amendments to USDE that reflect input from stakeholders,” TEA spokesperson Lauren Callahan said in a statement. This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at https://www.texastribune.org/2018/03/26/texas-makes-accountability-decisions-federal-deadline/.
Photo courtesy of Nueces County Jail29-year-old Esmeralda Garza of Corpus Christi.Authorities are accusing a Corpus Christi mother of selling her 7-year-old son and trying to sell her two young daughters.Texas Department of Public Safety said Tuesday that 29-year-old Esmeralda Garza of Corpus Christi was arrested Friday. She remained in the Nueces County jail on Wednesday on a charge of sale or purchase of a child. Bond was set at $100,000. Jail records did not list an attorney for her.DPS said that agents were executing a drug search warrant in Corpus Christi when they located a 7-year-old who had allegedly been sold and purchased. Authorities say two girls, ages 2 and 3, were in the process of being sold.The case remains under investigation.A man and woman were arrested as a result of the drug investigation. Share
© 2014 Phys.org This diagram shows a protein nanopore set in an electrically resistant membrane bilayer. An ionic current is passed through the nanopore by setting a voltage across this membrane. Credit: Oxford Nanopore Technologies Citation: Oxford Nanopore unveils portable genome sequencer – MinION (2014, February 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-02-oxford-nanopore-unveils-portable-genome.html More information: www.nanoporetech.com Oxford Nanopore announces groundbreaking GridION and MinION gene sequencers (Phys.org) —U.K. based Oxford Nanopore Technologies has made good on a promise made two years ago to produce an inexpensive genome sequencer that is based on nanopore technology. David Jaffe, with the Broad Institute reported to an audience at the Advances in Genome Biology and Technology meeting in Florida last week that he has been asked by Oxford Nanopore to try out the new the device, called the MinION, and has found it to be promising. Explore further Oxford Nanopore Technologies created a stir in the biological sciences world in 2012 when representatives for the company announced that its research team had successfully created a sequencing device based on nanopore technology and that an inexpensive prototype would be delivered to researchers outside the company soon thereafter. The company apparently ran into difficulty ramping up its pore technology and had to find some alternative materials—thus the two year delay.Nanopore sequencing is where single strands of DNA are pulled through a pore—as each base pair passes through the pore its conductivity is measured—information that can be used for identification by a computer. The advantage of this approach is that at least in principle, any strand length can be sequenced.The MinION isn’t for sale yet—at this time the company is making prototypes available to a select few notables in the genome sequencing field—each will have to pony up $1000 as a down-payment for the honor. The device plugs into a port on a computer, which does the processing. Along with the device, which has been compared to the size of a pack of gum, Oxford Nanopore Technologies will send along DNA samples that researchers can use to learn how to use the new device—after that, they can sequence anything they want. In testing strands of two types of bacterial DNA sent to him, Jaffe reports having mixed results —long stretches of data were obtained correctly in some cases, but in others there were some errors. In order to assemble the entire genome of a type of bacteria, for example, he had to also use a sequencing device made by another company. He noted that he is optimistic about the device, however, as reps from Oxford Nanopore have assured him that error rates can be reduced using certain techniques even as improvements to the device are being worked out back at the lab.If the error rates using the MinION can be reduced to a practical level, the device could mark a turning point in gemone sequencing as it would be a device that could be carried and used for fieldwork. And though the cost of such a device has not been announced, Oxford Nanopore has repeatedly used terms such as inexpensive and affordable to describe it, indicating it will cost much less than other sequencing devices currently on the marker, once it’s ready for sale. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
Doordarshan is launching its mega historical series titled Buddha. Narrated in 52 episodes, this series will be an entertaining action drama that showcases the unexplored life of Buddha as Siddharth. The show has an international appeal with its grand scale, opulent sets and an impressive cast with renowned names like Kabir Bedi, Samir Dharmadhikari, Nigaar Khan, state-of the–art 3D graphics used to re-create the look and feel of a bygone era.In the series Buddha is shown as one who has great compassion, is completely impartial, and embraces all living being without discrimination. In today’s fast paced lives, where so much conflict exists in society, Buddha’s teachings are perfectly suited to the challenges man is currently facing. Each and every faith globally believes that Buddha’s philosophy helps you find your own path to awakening.Buddha will be aired on DD-National at 11.00 am on every Sunday and repeat telecast on every Monday at 9.00 am.
French pay TV operator Canal+’s international arm has secured the exclusive rights to distribute coverage of Turkish top-tier football via its new A+ Sport channel for Francophone sub-Saharan Africa.The Vivendi-owned operator has secured the distribution rights to Turkish Süper Lig matches in French-speaking sub-Saharan Africa for the next three seasons. The matches will be aired on the recently-launched A+ Sport channel from August.The pay TV operator said that the agreement would strengthen the football offering of the channel which launched 10 days ago. The Süper Lig, featuring teams such as Besiktas, Fenerbahçe and Galatasaray, is popular in Africa because of its large number of players of African origin, including Atalyaspor’s Samuel Eto’o, Istambul Basaksehir’s Emmanuel Adebayor, Fenerbahçe’s Carlos Kameni and Mathieu Valbuena, Besktas’s Pepe and Galatasaray’s Bafétimbi Gomis and Younès Belhanda.A+ Sport, an offshoot of the A+ entertainment channel that Canal+ rolled out three years ago, will show a variety of local and international sport, including coverage from the Jeux de la Francophonie, the final phases of the CAF Confederations Cup, and the Basketball Champions League.
Twenty-first Century Fox has increased its offer for Sky to £24.5 billion (€27.7 billion), outbidding rival Comcast which made a £22.1 billion approach for the pay TV operator earlier this year.Fox’s increased offer of £14 for each Sky share marks a 12% premium on Comcast’s £12.50 per-share offer and is roughly 30.2% higher than the initial offer price that it tabled in late 2016.Fox’s initial £10.75 per-share offer for the 61% it doesn’t already own of Sky had valued the operator at some £18.5 billion – a premium of approximately 40% on Sky’s closing share price on December 6, 2016, the last business day before Sky received the Fox offer.The new offer by Fox marks a premium of approximately 82.1% on that same December 6, 2016 closing price of £7.69 per Sky share. However, it is slightly below the price that Sky’s shares have been trading at this week.In a statement, 21st Century Fox said: “We strongly believe that a combined 21CF and Sky will be a powerful driver for the continued growth and vibrancy of the UK and broader global creative industries.”News of the improved offer comes after the UK government last month accepted deal terms between 21st Century Fox and Sky, following an improved commitment from Disney to operate Sky News for a period of 15 years.Then-UK culture secretary Matt Hancock said that new deal terms had been offered that meet the criteria he laid out in parliament earlier the same month – namely that that Sky News remains financially viable over the long term; is able to operate as a major UK-based news provider; and is able to make editorial decisions that are free from any outside influence.Final sign-off from the UK government is expected this week, following a 15-day consultation on the matter, which ended on July 4.Independent telecoms and media analyst, Paolo Pescatore, said: “There’s no way that Disney, nor 21st Century Fox want to let Sky go to Comcast. Therefore, expect another round of counter bids. The price is heading in one direction. It’s a great time to be a Sky shareholder.”